From Brian White
Showers and thunderstorms dimmed the lights at Elizabeth City’s three-eighths mile motor speedway on Friday, forcing officials to cancel what was scheduled to be the fifth race of the season. The event was called off shortly after lunch and became the first rained out race in 2019.
The first month of competition has offered lots of excitement and storylines for observers to the sport. The Budweiser Allstar Late Model division has seen three different winners, including Billy Hubbard who has three, while Larry Jackson and Tom Wilson have one apiece. With his victory on May 10th, Jackson ended a three-year winless drought.
After last week’s second twin event, Hubbard had misfortune that led to an 11th place finish, moving him from first to third in the season-long championship standings. Jackson became the new points leader with 122 markers, and Wilson advanced to second, eight points out of the lead. Hubbard is now 14 points behind Jackson with still more than two-thirds of the season remaining.
Mark Gonzales has two wins and leads the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman point standings by six points over Troy Brickhouse, who has one victory. Joe Weiss is third and has one win to his credit in 2019.
The standings are tied for the lead in the Little Caesars Super Street division with Dennis Barnes and Justin Pruitt edging out Josh Letson and Rod Busitzky, who are tied in third place. Barnes, from Camden, has the most victories with two while Letson and Pruitt both have one checkered flag.
James Hissom, Jr. has dominated the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, finishing ahead of the competition three out of four attempts. His only loss came last week when he had to compete in a backup car after blowing an engine the week prior at another speedway. Even under those circumstances he still earned a podium runner up finish to past champion, Dustin Cisco. Hissom leads the standings by 24 points over Kolton Stevens.
Dale Ore, Jr. won the only R & D Super Fours race this season and leads the points by two over Danny Bagwell.
Racing resumes for the fifth time this season on Friday evening with the Virginia Sprint Series making their second appearance in North Carolina. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Racing begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in person. For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.
About Dixieland Speedway:
Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track. The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983. Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action. The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees. Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years. The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long. Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site. Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person. Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway). Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151. Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.